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Make Your Bed

Title:  Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your World And Maybe The World

Author: Admiral William McRaven

Author Nationality: American

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Year Published/ Release:  April 2017

Pages: 130 (paperback)

Book Version:  Kindle Ebook


This book was inspired by a speech given at the University of Texas in the same title.  Admiral William McRaven’s speech was based on ten lessons that had helped him complete his training to become a Navy SEAL(Sea, Air &Land)  and carry him through the 37 years of service to the Navy. The speech was so good that it went viral(11 million views).

Here are the 10 lessons from a simple but well-written book.

  1. Start your day with one task completed: If you want to change the world start by making your bed and make sure you do it right as it demonstrates discipline, attention to detail and at the end of the day you will be reminded that you did something well. The simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start the day right and the satisfaction to end it right.
  2. You can’t go it alone: If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.  Learn the value of teamwork and the need to rely on someone else to help you through the difficult tasks. You need people in your life to help you through difficult times. It, therefore, takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle the boat alone. Find someone to share your life with. Make as many friends as possible and never forget that your success depends on others.
  3. Only the size of your heart matters: If you want to change the world measure a person by the size of their heart. It doesn’t matter what size you are, what color, you are, determination and grit are always more important than talent.
  4. Life is not fair-drive on: If you want to change the world get over been a sugar cookie and keep moving forward. It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force to stop trying because you believe some fate is against you. It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future. Nothing could be further from the truth. The common people and the great men and women are all defined by how they deal with life’s unfairness. Don’t complain, don’t blame it on your misfortune,stand tall, look into the future, and drive on.
  5. Failure can make you stronger: If you want to change the world don’t be afraid of the circus. In life, you will face a lot of circuses. You will pay for your failures. But,if you persevere, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments. Past failures will strengthen you and teach you that no one is immune to mistakes.
  6. You must dare greatly: If you want to change the world, slide down the obstacle headfirst. Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever-present, but those who live in fear of failure , or hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential. Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.
  7. Stand up to the bullies: If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks. Bullies are all the same; whether they are in the schoolyard, in the workplace, or ruling a country through terror. They thrive on fear and intimidation. Bullies gain their strength through the timid and faint of heart. They are like sharks that sense fear in the water. They will circle to see if their prey is struggling. They will probe to see if their victim is weak. If you don’t find the courage to stand your ground, they will strike. In life, to achieve your goals, to complete the night swim, you will have to be men and women of great courage.
  8. Rise to the occasion: If you want to change the world be the very best in the darkest moments. At some point, we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best.
  9. Give people hope: If you want to change the world start by singing when you are up to your neck in the mud. We will find ourselves neck-deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you, and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.
  10. Never ever, quit!: If you want to change the world, don’t ever ring the bell. If you quit, you will regret the rest of your life. Quitting never makes anything easier. Life is full of difficult times. But someone out there always has it worse than you do. If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you have been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else then life will long and hard. If on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams, stand tall and strong against the odds-then life will be what you make of it- and you can make it great. Never, ever ring the bell!

My take:

It a simple book whose lessons remain ageless.

Memorable Quote (s):

“What starts here changes the world.”


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